Tag Archives: Rick Wakeman

Album review: HUDSON FORD – The A&M Albums

HUDSON FORD - The A&M Albums

Caroline Records [Release date 05.05.17] Vocalist, guitarist and bassist John Ford and drummer Richard Hudson were originally members of Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera in the 60s, before famously joining The Strawbs (a band that at one point featured Rick Wakeman). In … Continue reading

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Gig review: ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

ANDERSON RABIN AND WAKEMAN – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 24 March 2017

For anyone who has seen my profile picture on the site it may come as something of a surprise to find that I was too young to appreciate Yes during their 70’s heyday. No, for me my interest was piqued … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK WAKEMAN & TONY ASHTON – Gas Tank

Rick Wakeman & Tony Ashton - Gas Tank

Gonzo Multimedia [Release date 03.03.17] Where can you hear Rick Wakeman accompanying Rick Parfitt, Alvin Lee and  Phil Lynott  and – no – it’s not at the Pearly Gates.  Back in the early 1980s there was a Channel 4 TV … Continue reading

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Album review: LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

Melodic Revolution [Release date 30.07.16] Based on an original short story by multi instrumentalist keyboard player Leon Alvarado, ‘Future Left Behind’ is a prog rock instrumental concept album that is a triumph of innovation and musical substance over recycled ideas … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 2 – O2 Arena, London, 19 June 2016

Rick Wakeman - STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 2 - O2 Arena, London, 19 June 2016

While the first day of the debut Stone Free festival had an eclectic mix of bands, the second was far more coherent with the theme of progressive rock both in the main arena and the Indigo.  Combined with an older … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

Frontiers Records [Release date 06.11.15] Billy Sherwood, man of many talents and currently bassist for Yes, has assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for his “Citizen” album…but the question has to be can it deliver when so many of … Continue reading

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News: TREAT, RICK WAKEMAN, BELLOWHEAD – Sunday 13th September 2015

Rick Wakeman - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

RIP – guitarist Gary Richrath, who was in REO Speedwagon between 1970 and 1989. Former bassist with the Damned, Byrn Merrick, has passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. Treat have confirmed they are recording … Continue reading

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Album review: Access All Areas – HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, SAD CAFE, RICK WAKEMAN

Hatfield And The North - Access All Areas

Edsel [Release date 30.03.15] ‘Access All Areas’ is a new series from Edsel culled from the 1980 ‘Rockstage’ and 1990s ‘Bedrock’ Central TV series.   Although many of these live sets have appeared previously, it takes Edsel to produce the definitive … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – Songs From Tsongas

Yes - Songs From Tsongas

Eagle Rock [Release date 22.09.14] 3-CD It comes to something when we get an anniversary release of an anniversary release!  Following Rick Wakeman’s return to the band in 2002, the classic Yes line up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris … Continue reading

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Gig review: RICK WAKEMAN – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 9 May 2014

Rick Wakeman is perhaps better known these days for being a “Grumpy Old Man” and a tetchy consumer champion via his appearances on BBC’s ‘Watchdog’. But back in the day, with his flowing cape and musical theatrics, he defined progressive … Continue reading

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Interview: 10Q’s with OLIVER WAKEMAN

Oliver Wakeman tours with Gordon Giltrap during April promoting their ‘Ravens and Lullabies’ album and their band includes members of Arena and Threshold. Here we find out a little more about the tour, his time with the Strawbs… 1. What … Continue reading

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DVD review: VARIOUS – The Sunflower Superjam 2012

The Sunflower Superjam 2012

Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2DVD) www.thesunflowerjam.com The Sunflower Jam was started back in 2006 by Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and sister-in-law to the late Jon Lord, as a charity event to raise funds … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Theory Of Everything

Inside Out  [Release date 28.10.13] Telling a story through music is a tried and tested method and is certainly as old as Rock itself. Examples are too many to mention, but the most celebrated works would undoubtedly have to be … Continue reading

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Album review: DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS – In Extremis

Days Between Stations

Radio showcase for “In Extremis”, first broadcast 12 May 2013 www.daysbetweenstations.com [Release date 15.05.13] It may be 5 years since the excellent self titled instrumental debut album by Days Between Stations but in the prog rock world the musical staples … Continue reading

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